Having your home tested for mold is one of the best investments you can make on your home. Keeping your home free from too much humidity can prevent it from becoming a hazardous environment for you and your family. According to the EPA, the only way to control mold growth within your home is to control the levels of moisture. Keeping the levels of humidity and moisture in your home in check can be good for your health, protects your electronics and can save you money in the long run.
On Long Island, keeping your home safe is not limited to having security cameras on your property. Most homes are exposed to the elements throughout the year. Those elements can cause mold to develop and spread. Hiring a Long Island moisture testing company can help keep the mold in check, and help you take preventative measures to protect your home.
How humidity can affect your health
Living in a home with humidity that is too high, can be very hazardous to you and your families’ health. Too much moisture in the home exposes you and your family to indoor air pollutants and mold & mildew. Having a home with high humidity exposes everyone living in it to all airborne hazards. Dust mites thrive in high moisture locations and can exacerbate allergies, and irritate the skin.
Mold and mildew are notorious for thriving in high humidity homes. Not only are they highly dangerous, but they are able to spread quickly. Mold and mildew have been known to damage structures of the home. They are also irritants; mold and mildew cause congestion, throat irritation, coughing. They can exacerbate other respiratory problems like asthma, and cause shortness of breath as well as fever.
Mold and appliances and electronics
Although mold cannot develop on your electronics, it is capable of spreading onto them. In some cases, it costs less money to replace your electronics than to have them professionally cleaned by mold specialists.
Finding mold in our daily appliances is very common. Since mold grows in moist areas, places like the dishwashers and washing machines are prime real estate for mold to develop. Each appliance has certain areas that are more common breeding locations for mold to quickly develop.
Front-load washing machines can have mold develop and grow in the detergent drawer and the door seal. When the door is closed, water and moisture tend to get trapped, and that can cause mold to increase.
On top load washing machines, after a load, between the drum and interior walls are common locations for mold to develop. Many top load washers have a self-cleaning feature, that can help you take preventative measures in keeping your machine mold-free.
Your refrigerator is a very common breeding ground for mold, and being proactive in keeping it mold-free can make a world of difference to your health. On your refrigerator door between the seals, is a common location for mold to develop. Of course, the inside of your fridge is a hub for mold to grow and grow quickly. On food that has been unused and left in the fridge can be a prime location for mold. Keeping your food fresh and updated, and throwing away food that has not been consumed in a proper amount of time can help keep your risk of mold growing inside your fridge down.
Since all of the elements occur on Long Island, making sure you are aware of moisture both inside and outside of the home is essential. Finding a top Long Island moisture testing company can help you keep your home safe, healthy, and habitable.